LMP2 drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Anthony Davidson are against the proposals of making LMP2 cars slower.
LMP2 class was one of the biggest discussion topics of the WEC Prologue earlier in the week. LMP2 cars were the quickest on track on both days of the event, which raised a lot of questions. As a reaction to such results, the Toyota representative offered to make LMP2s slower. However, United Autosport’s driver Filipe Albuquerque and JOTA’s Anthony Davidson were against such measure.
“As an LMP2 driver, we don’t want to be slowed down more,” Albuquerque told Motorsport.com.
“Already the car feels really bad, especially on long runs. It’s frustrating and it’s almost impossible to work on the car because when the car is out of the window on downforce, there’s very little you can do about setup. And then when we go to Bahrain with the Le Mans aero kit, with super-high temperatures… I don’t know see how we can drive there like that. At Spa with 20-25 degrees track temperature, it’s already slippery, so when we get to Bahrain it’s gonna be crazy slippery. And this is from a professional driver’s point of view, not even a gentleman driver,” he added.
Davidson shared the opinion that limitations that had already been made caused more crashes involving LMP2 and GTE entries due to being forced to overtakes in the corners, so further restrictions could only make racing more dangerous.
“The GTEs have more mechanical grip, but even with the Le Mans aero kit we have much more downforce, so the closing speeds in the high-speed corners like Blanchimont and Eau Rouge are frightening,” he commented.
“I think it’s why you are seeing more crashes because the LMP2s know they have to get the move down and exploit their speed in the high-speed stuff, because it’s much harder now to just power pass them in a straight line like we used to.”
“We’ve seen a lot of incidents this week because drivers are trying to adjust to the new closing speeds, and everyone’s a bit out of kilter – coming back to a circuit they know well, but the overtaking moves and the planning of those moves is now different to what they used to be,” he said in the conclusion.